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Tournament Schedule

All tournaments are online this year.

Tournament 1
Sat., December 19, 2020

Tournament 2
Sat., January 23, 2021

Evanston Girls' Tournament
Sat., February 6, 2021

Tournament 3
Sat., February 27, 2021

Tournament 4
Sat., March 20, 2021

2020-2021 Evanston Scholastic Tournament Series

2020-2021 Evanston Scholastic Chess Tournament Series

Evanston Scholastic Chess is a group of parent volunteers who have run community-based over-the-board chess tournaments for K-8 students for over 20 years.

Our tournaments are open to any K-8 student who either lives in or goes to school in Evanston, Illinois.

Due to the pandemic, we have moved our annual tournament series online using lichess.org.

Tournament Dates:
Tournament 1: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Tournament 2: Saturday, January 23, 2021
Evanston Girls tournament: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Tournament 3: Saturday, February 27, 2021
Tournament 4 (Evanston Championships): Saturday, March 20, 2021

Time Control: for all players is G/20+3 (20 minutes playing time for each player with 3 seconds added for each move).

Read more: 2020-2021 Evanston Scholastic Tournament Series

Evanston Scholastic Chess Girls’ Tournament

Evanston Scholastic Chess Girls’ Tournament
Saturday, February 6, 2021 on lichess.org, a free chess server

Open to all K-8 girl chess players who live in Evanston or attend school in Evanston
This is a free event
(Players already signed up for the tournament series are already registered for this event and will receive a tournament login at their home email)

Meet and greet and opening ceremony on Zoom at 9:30 a.m.
Round 1 on Lichess.org begins at 10:00 a.m. The rest of the rounds start at 10:45, 11:30, 12:15, and 1:00 p.m.
Players can visit the Zoom chess clinic between rounds.
Round 5 ends approximately 1:40 p.m.
Awards ceremony follows on Zoom, with a chance for our players to share their chess stories and what they like about the game

How to Sign Up

Read more: Evanston Scholastic Chess Girls’ Tournament

Evanston Scholastic Chess Tournaments for the 2020-21 School Year

Since we cannot run our annual series of over-the-board chess tournaments at school sites, Evanston Scholastic Chess will hold our tournaments online at lichess.org starting on December 19. We will contact Evanston K-8 families through school coordinators and our Facebook Page when we have complete information about the tournament series. 

Our tournament schedule is at right, and it will be updated when the rest of the dates are confirmed. Tournaments are open to all K-8 chess players who live in Evanston or attend an Evanston school.

From April to November we offered practice tournaments online. 

Our 2020-2021 tournament series schedule is in the "tournament schedule" box at right. Parents of Evanston school children can find information on how to sign their children up here

Fair Play for Evanston Scholastic Online Tournaments

Most families first meet Evanston Scholastic Chess through our over-the-board tournaments. Children play in a gym or library, supervised and monitored by parents and high school students, and to a certain extent monitored by each other, too.

When COVID arrived, we had to take Evanston Scholastic Chess online. But those of us who have played online know that people who play online sometimes cheat by using the advice of others, books, and most often, chess software. The major online chess sites – Lichess, Chess.com, and Chesskid – all use some form of cheat detection, and they mark or close accounts of players who cheat. This is explicitly stated by each platform. For example the Lichess.org terms of service can be found here: https://lichess.org/terms-of-service. By signing up for Lichess (or having your parent sign you up), you promise to play fair and not use outside assistance.

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Signing Your Child up for ES Chess Online Tournaments

To participate in our tournaments, parents need to 1) enroll their players in the ESChess team on lichess, and 2) submit the new 2020-2021 ESChess lichess registration form for their players. Participation is open to any child in grades K-8 who either lives in Evanston or attends an Evanston school.


  1. New members
    1. Get a free account at https://lichess.org/signup for your child. Feel free to choose a creative and anonymous username if you like.
    2. Login to lichess using your child’s account, visit https://lichess.org/team/eschess, click JOIN TEAM, solve the puzzle on the second page, and click JOIN TEAM.
  2. All members: Please fill and submit the 2020-2021 ESChess lichess registration form: https://forms.gle/4fmhfRggFZJxRSDM6

If you have more than one child who would like to participate, please repeat steps 1 and 2 for each child. 

Note that steps 1 and 2 need to be completed only once during this academic year. Tournament registrations are separate. We will provide tournament instructions as we get closer to the tournament. 

Read more: Signing Your Child up for ES Chess Online Tournaments